It isn’t easy being a theatre director at the best of times, but when your cast is made up of delinquents, madmen and delusional oddballs, you are either in serious trouble or you’re directing a production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Fortunately for Grove Park Theatre’s Val Stevenson, the latter is true.
Val was drafted in to wrangle – sorry – direct the ragtag ensemble as she unquestionably possesses the pedigree for the job. Many years of experience on stage, in the director’s chair and behind the scenes at Grove Park, Wrexham’s oldest community theatre, stand her in good stead for the Herculean task of co-ordinating the October production of Dale Wasserman’s classic play, adapted from the Ken Kesey novel.
Val’s cast is no less experienced, which is just as well given the physical demands of a high-octane story which achieved global recognition thanks to Milos Forman’s excellent movie, starring Jack Nicholson in his defining role as the lovable rogue McMurphy. Grove Park’s own Mr McMurphy is used to the lovable rogue tag – actor Andy Jordan’s previous role in Wrexham was as the star of hit musical Me and My Girl, which wowed sell-out crowds at Grove Park in September 2012.
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest promises to be the highlight of the autumn – by turns funny, tragic and poignant – and you’d be mad to miss it.